Search Results: "David Crystal"


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THE STORIES OF ENGLISH by David Crystal
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"A dense, significant history. Had it been shorter and otherwise more reader-friendly, it could have made waves. Regrettably, only ripples will likely ensue. (9 b&w illustrations; 12 maps)"
A celebrated linguist argues that all versions of English are created equal and that the reign of Emily Post-prescriptivists who insist that Standard English is "right" and all the rest "wrong" is nearing its end. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"An informative, transformative trip into the mysterious, mutating, magical thicket of English."
Linguist Crystal (How Language Works, 2006, etc.), whose learned disquisitions have sometimes bewildered readers, lightens up with an inviting text combining the best features of travel writing, memoir and scholarship. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF BE by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2017

"Language lessons from a master delivered masterfully: Crystal-clear."
The author of numerous works about the history and uses of English returns with a brief, illuminating disquisition on the history and varied tasks of the verb "to be." Read full book review >

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SPELL IT OUT by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 18, 2013

"An entertaining mixture of erudition, attitude and wit that crackles, spits and sparkles."
A noted linguistics scholar and prolific author asks and answers the question, "Why do we spell words the way we do?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2006

"Packed with information, memorable anecdotes and surprising statistics, all presented with assurance and enthusiasm."
A virtual encyclopedia of language, so broad in scope that its subtitle can only hint at its contents. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF ENGLISH IN 100 WORDS by David Crystal
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2012

"Snack-sized chapters with banquet-sized satisfaction."
The author of The Stories of English (2004) and other volumes devoted to the nature and history of our language returns with a gem that sparkles with information about how English grows, changes, adopts and plays. Read full book review >

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MAKING SENSE by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2017

"Both a swift introduction for grammar rookies and an enlightening review and update for the veterans."
A celebrated historian of the English language takes us on an entertaining stroll through the history of our grammar—from the beginning to last week. Read full book review >

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IVAN AND THE DYNAMOS by Crystal Bowman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Andy's parents, with their straight-A, church-going son, are infinitely patient; Andy's pals are tagged with names like Mike Hanson, Jamie Jones, Duffy Conners, Billy Peterson, Denny Smith, and Jimmy Cleaver, and none of them emerges from the pack. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Andy Anderson, 11, is unhappy when he learns that he's been traded to Coach Lou Richards's team in the Squirt division of his local hockey league, but his anxieties soon prove unnecessary. Read full book review >

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THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC by Crystal Cestari
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"Somewhat enjoyable provided it's not examined too closely. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A magical matchmaker searches for her own true love in this magic-infused Chicago. Read full book review >

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THE CIRCLE OF LIES by Crystal Velasquez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"The book closes with events that will no doubt be the cornerstone of the plot of the next book; here's hoping that it will be believable. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The second installment in the Hunters of Chaos series doesn't waste time getting started. Read full book review >

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THE WALL OF FAME GAME by Crystal Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"With a charming cast of characters that readers will be eager to follow, this is a welcome addition to what should become a long-running middle-grade series. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Following series opener Spirit Week Showdown (2016), the magnificent Mya Tibbs is back, and so is her competitive spirit! Read full book review >